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Vol.04 No.01(2017), Article ID:73432,7 pages

Sources of the Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays (UHECRs) (Part II)

J. Wirsich

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Received: November 28, 2016; Accepted: January 9, 2017; Published: January 12, 2017


It has recently been postulated that protons are accelerated up to energies of E p 10 19 eV from nearby Seyfert galaxies which harbor Kerr holes in the center of their hosts. Here, we point out that the relativistic force equation of protons is governed by the Lorentz force when using the post-Newtonian approximation. The synchroton emission from nonthermal relativistic protons has to be ruled out. We carefully discuss the origin of the magnetic field close to the event horizon of a black hole.

Subject Areas:

Modern Physics


Cosmic Electrodynamics, Cosmic Rays, Black Hole Physics, Galaxies Active: Individual: NGC 4051

1. Introduction

The origin of the ultra-high energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) with energies greater than 10 19 eV is an important topic in astrophysics. The sources of the UHECRs have to be very powerful, because they have to be able to accelerate cosmic rays to very high energies. The sources would have to be located in the range of distances of d < 100 Mpc : cosmic rays from more distant sources would have to lose energy when interacting with cosmic microwave background photons. This is the GZK cutoff (see e.g. [1] ). The extragalactic protons not deflected by magnetic fields would have to point to their sources.

In Wirsich [1] , we have presented the new idea that some local Seyfert galaxies that host supermassive Kerr holes in their nucleus are candidates of astrophysical sources of the UHECRs. In extension of the paper [1] , we present in this study the relativistic force equation of a proton (Section 2) by applying the post-Newtonian approximation. In Section 3, we discuss the origin of the magnetic field, by emphasizing the dynamical character of black holes (spin-paradigm). In Section 4, we discuss our results. Finally, Section 5 presents our conclusions.

2. The Post-Newtonian Approximation (PNA)

The full relativistic equation of a motion of a particle of mass m p , charge e 0 , velocity v and momentum p including the Lorentz force is [2]

d p d t = e 0 ( E + v × B ) + m p γ p g + H _ _ p + f rad (1)

where p = m p γ p v is the paricle momentum, γ p the Lorentz factor, g the gravitational acceleration and H _ _ is the tensor of the gravimagnetic force [3] . Force f rad is the radiation reaction force of ultra-relativistic particles in an external electromagnetic field given by

f rad = 2 e 0 4 γ p 2 3 m p 2 [ ( E + v × B ) 2 [ v ( E + v × B ) ] 2 ] v | v | . (2)

E is the electric field and B the magnetic field. f rad represents the energy loss by synchrotorn radiation and the curvature energy (“tidal radiation”) [4] . In

Figure 1 of Wirsich [1] we have chosen a scale length of 10 r g , where r g = G M c 2

is the gravitational radius and M the mass of the black hole. G means the gravitational constant. An approximation like PNA signifies that scale length 10 r g is large compared to r + , but in the range of the capture radius of a solar-type star r C = 2 r g 11 r g for a Kerr hole with a mass of 10 8 M that is rotating with a spin-parameter near a 0.9 [5] . On the other hand, the value of 10 r g is well beyond the event horizon of

r + = G M c 2 + [ ( G M c 2 ) 2 a 2 ] 1 / 2 (3)

of a Kerr hole. r = r + means that a particle entering it is unable to escape. Therefore, r + is defined as the horizon of a Kerr hole, which forms a boundary around the black hole singularity. Penrose [6] has shown that naked singularities without a horizon cannot form.

The PNA means moreover that 10 r g is well below the influence radius r inf = G M σ 2 , where σ is t the velocity dispersion of stars in any direction [7] [8] .

The calculation of the PNA-metric is given in [3] (see chapter 3 therein). We find far from the horizon r + for the gravitational acceleration g

g G M r 2 e r (4)

and for the field H

H 4 J r 3 (5)

where M is the mass of the black hole. Note that the angular momentum J is weak far from the black hole.

In conclusion, the first term in Equation (1) remains the leading form, since the second and the third term are small at 10 r g compared to the Lorentz force, when using 10 8 M for the mass of the black hole. On the other hand, neither a synchrotron radiation nor a curvature radiation of relativistic protons is ever observed, although several authors have postulated such an effect [9] [10] [11] . The X- and γ -ray non-thermal emission of blazars in the range of 10 12 eV are modelled as a sum of synchrotron and Compton radiation. In the hadronic models, the source of the synchrotron radiation has been related to relativistic protons. The calculated luminosities at 1 GeV are in the range of L γ 10 45 erg × s 1 only, while the observed luminosity is L γ 10 48 erg × s 1 [9] . Accordingly, hadronic models or proton blazar models have to be ruled out: roughly speaking, the radiation losses remain with the electrons, while the protons keep their high energy. This is plausible when studying Equation (2): factor 1 / m p 2 is to be substituated by ( 1836 ) 2 / m p 2 when using the Equation (2) for electrons (“leptonic models”).The value 1836 is the ratio of m p / m e .

Furthermore, models for proton synchrotron radiation from hot disks around neutron stars are not able to produce the observed X-ray radiation of L X 10 36 erg × s 1 . On the other hand, nonthermal relativistic protons should be able to produce a luminosity of L s y n . 10 33 erg × s 1 in optical and UV bands [12] . However, nondetection of such effect signifies the lack of proton synchrotron radiaiton.

In all, the last term in Equation (1) is f rad = 0 .

3. The Origin of the Magnetic Field

Studying Figure 1 in Wirsich [1] , it appears that the magnetic field has its origin in the black hole. However, this is not the case, since this would contradict the non-hair theorem. On the other hand, in the Blandford-Znajek process, the black hole is interpreted as a membrane model which is equivalent to the curved spacetime paradigm [13] : in this model, the horizon of a black hole consists of a charged membrane. Here, the magnetic fields have their origin in the horizon of a black hole by accretion of the disk’s plasma. Rougly speaking, the horizon of the rotating black hole has build up a magnetossphere (see [3] , chapter 4 therein). Accordingly, a Kerr hole is able to produce an enormous power that goes into the energy of protons.

4. Discussion

It appears that jets are only driven from central engines and massive black holes in host galaxies of elliptical Hubble type. But there are some signatures that nuclear jets are common features in Seyfert galaxies [14] . The Seyfert galaxies from [1] show small radio jets only: e.g. NGC 4051 shows a radio jet scale length of 0.3 pc [15] . Furthermore, several Seyfert galaxies show a radio luminosity which has its origin in circumstellar starbursts (“superwinds driven by starbursts”) [14] .

The no-hair theorem tells us that a black hole is uniquely fixed by its mass, spin and charge even the black hole spins fast and is strongly deformed by its spin e.g. to Kerr radius r + . On the other hand, black holes are viewed as dynamic objects which are able to storing 29% of the rotational energy, magnetic extraction of the rotational energy (horizon as a conducting membrane), emit gravitatonal waves and allow an escape of thermal quanta (“evaporation of black holes”). All of these processes take place in the horizon and explain the name event horizon, which covers the singularity. The event horizon guarantees the virginity of the singularity.

5. Conclusions

The strongly increasing loss of radiation energy at high redshifts signifies that protons with their ultrahigh energies have their origin at a depth of a few Mpc. Therefore, cosmic ray protons of E p 1.5 × 10 19 eV have their source in nearby Seyfert galaxies that harbor Kerr holes with a spin-parameter of a 0.9 [1] (“charged-particle-astronomy”).

The relativistic force equation of the protons is governed by the Lorentz force (see Equation (10) in [1] ). The rotation energy of the Kerr hole is completely converted into the energy of protons. The radiation losses via synchrotron radiation and curvature radiation are f rad = 0 .

We have discussed the origin of the magnetic field in connection with the membrane-paradigm [13] . Confirmation of the postulation that spinning black holes eject relativistic protons is a challenge to observation; evidence could be provided, e.g., from nearby Seyfert galaxies that contain Kerr holes in the center of their hosts.


The author is very grateful to Dr. Wolfgang Hasse (Technischen Universität Berlin and Wilhelm-Foerster-Sternwarte Berlin) and to Kevin Klinik (Technische Universität Berlin and Wilhelm-Foerster-Sternwarte Berlin) for their help in converting my manuscript into LaTeX version.

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Wirsich, J. (2017) Sources of the Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays (UHECRs) (Part II). Open Access Library Journal, 4: e3107.


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The Kerr hole and the membrane paradigm

A New Zealand mathematician, named Roy Kerr, discovered a solution to Einstein’s field equation [16] .

The gravitational field is described by metric tensor g μ υ . It is used to give the invariant interval d s 2 of a spacetime instead of the metric tensor.

The Kerr solution is a metric that describes the time independent gravitational field of collapsed objects. The Kerr metric takes the form given in equation (12.7.1) of [17] . As the Schwarzschild metric, the Kerr metric has a singularity at r = r + (see Equation (3)). When a 0 , the Kerr metric reduces to the Schwarzschild metric. r = r is called the Cauchy horizon.

The nature of the Kerr geodesics plays an important role in the process e.g. of extraction of energy from black holes. An example for this is given by the Blandford-Znajek process (BL-process) (see ref. [18] in [1] ). The mechanism supposes that a rotating black hole accretes material from a magnetised disk. Here, the event horizon is viewed as a spinning conductor. As the disk accretes gas into the hole, it carries magnetic field lines with it. The gas attached the horizon, but do not enter it. In this way the conductor (“membrane”) of matter holds magnetic field through electric currents and charges: a magnetosphere is set up in the vicinity of the black hole.

As explained by the BZ-process, energy entering near the horizon, a strong flux of angular momentum leaves the horizon. That ensures that energy is extracted from the black hole. The membrane viewpoint e.g. motivate Hawking [18] to construct a connection between laws of thermodynamics and black hole mechanics (rotating or not). A fine review of the membrane model is given in [19] of [1] .

In 1986, the model of the BZ-process was recalculated by Straumann (see ref. [20] in [1] ). He confirmed the values of the magnetic and electric fields given in Equation (11) of ref. [1] . Numerical simulations show that the BZ-process can be very efficient, depending on the spin of the black hole [19] . In addition to the observations of local Seyfert galaxies (see Table 1 in [1] ), several X-ray binaries harbor black holes with a high Kerr parameter a (see e.g. Table 1 in [20] ).

Let us calculate the magnetic field at a distance of 10 r g from the center of the black hole. For this, we use the scattering process of free electrons in an ionized plasma (“Thomson scattering”).

The luminosity in which the radiation pressure on free electrons balances gravity is the well known Eddington limit [17]

L E = 4 π G M m p c σ T , (A)

where M is the mass of the black hole, m p the mass of the proton and σ T = 6.65 × 10 25 cm 2 means the Thomson cross section. For particle density n E (in cm 3 ) we have at 10 r g

n E = 1 σ T 10 r g = 10 10 . (B)

This is the density at 10 r g , where r g = G M c 2 and M = 10 8 M . Assumig a balance between the energy densities

B 2 8 π = n E m p c 2 , (C)

we find at 10 r g the result

B 1.95 × 10 4 G . (D)

However, it cannot be excluded that scattering process is dominated by cyclotron scattering instead of Thomson scattering. Unfortunately, the opacity of cyclotron scattering near a magnetosphere of a Kerr hole is unknown. Instead, we use data from magnetospheres of neutron stars. We find at 10 r g the result

B 6.19 × 10 5 G , (E)

where σ c y l = 0.00 σ T was used [21] .

In summary, our approximations lead to the results in the range of those of Straumann (see Equation (11) in [1] ) who has solved the relativistic Maxwell equations.